In 1963, Robert “Bob” Farrell opened the first Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Portland, Oregon. It immediately became a huge success and by 1970 the company had grown to 58 restaurants. In 1971, Bob Farrell was approached by the Marriott Corporation, who subsequently bought the company. He continued to work with Marriott as the company grew to 130 locations nationwide. Under his watchful eyes, Farrell’s never experienced a restaurant failure.
Bob Farrell left the company just prior to its sale from Marriott to a San Francisco investment group in 1985. Bob became an author and motivational speaker. Under new ownership, the Farrell’s concept was changed from a unique celebration restaurant to a traditional family style restaurant. By 1990, almost every location had closed its doors and the trademark reverted to Marriott, who stopped development. Due to this quick process, most guests only remember the original concept and their great experiences.
Almost 20 years later, the first Farrell’s location re-opened in 2009. The ongoing goal is to stay true to the philosophies upon which the original company was founded. Bob Farrell his proud guidance as Farrell's was re-introduced in the 21st century.
We are dedicated to continue Bob Farrell’s legacy in the restaurant industry. You will once again step back in time over 100 years to see servers dressed in pin-striped vests, old fashioned ties, and cane hats. Our restaurant features the distinctive “old Farrell’s” appearance of a century’s past ice cream parlor. The old fashioned candy, and delicious food and ice cream will let you experience what made Farrell’s famous all across the U.S.
Bob Farrell passed away in September 2015 and is survived by his wife, Mona, and their children and grandchildren. His spirit, however lives, on in our restaurants.